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1/2 ton 342 44.02%
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Old 12-23-2002, 02:49 PM   #29
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I agree

My the is a Reg Cab Long Bed, but I still don't have the wheelbase that you have.

But I be poor and it will have to do!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 12-23-2002, 02:51 PM   #30
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Daaaaaa again

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Old 12-23-2002, 04:24 PM   #31
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What was the axle ratio for your 97 F150?
I sorry but I don't recall. I am going to guess it was a 3.73.

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Old 12-23-2002, 04:57 PM   #32
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Thumbs up GMC

My towing rig is a GMC Suburban SLT, 2500HD, Diesel, 4X4, ratio is 3.73. With the factory installed towing package, it does abt 18 mpg without the A/S and, around 13-14 mpg with the A/S. I use the Reese Torque bars, and anti sway setup. I must admit, that we've never experienced the 'effects' of 18 wheelers going by. Cross winds, also, have never been a problem either.

I swear that, there's times I have to look in the rearview mirror to "see" if the Silver Turtle, is in fact, still there.
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Old 12-23-2002, 08:10 PM   #33
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What year is your Suburban, its looks just like mine. Mine is a 94 with the 6.5. One problem (kinda major) is that it overheats in the mountains. Have you had any similar problems?

I'm going to get the radiator cleaned out real good after the first of the year, hopefully that will fix it.

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Old 12-23-2002, 09:37 PM   #34
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Thumbs up I'm surprised!!!

I'm surprised that the 1/2 ton tow vehicles have a higher percentage than the 3/4 ton. I learn something new everyday

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Old 12-24-2002, 06:15 AM   #35
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Ken,
Thanks for asking.
It's a '95. I've been watching, and waiting for GMC to put the diesel in the newest Burb~! But, as of yet, that hasn't happen..DARN..<g>Ask em why and, then be prepared to listen to the biggest "BS".
Yes, it has gotten hot. What I do is:, Open all the windows, turn on the heater to full blast and, just let it rip. Don't you know? it kewl this baby down fast.
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Old 12-24-2002, 07:23 AM   #36
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'01 Chevy 3/4 ton crew cab diesel.

I would love to have a 'burb with the new Chevy diesel. That doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.
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Old 12-24-2002, 08:58 AM   #37
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Hasn't Chevy put the 6.5 diesel in the Suburban prior to the Duramax diesel? Maybe the sales were so poor they decided not to fool with it for awhile. The latest tests at Pickuptruck.com shows that the Duramax has now been eclipsed by the new Ford turbo diesel engine. That means Chevy will now have to figure a way to pump up an already great Izusu engine.
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Old 12-24-2002, 11:39 AM   #38
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Question Not sure abt that..

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I'm not sure abt that "sales" performance but, you could be right.
I know that mine ('95) is diesel and, runs like "forever"..I just had the compression checked abt 2 month ago with hi marks~Well above 420 psi per cylinders.(Readings below 380psi is a bench mark for repairs to follow soon)
I do know that the new diesel is available in pickups..The only issues that I'm aware of that's seems to be keeping the newer diesel off the Suburban market is the tranny..Apprears that GMC hasn't worked it out yet as to how it should fit in..(tranny, not the diesel).
If this is true and, the source that I'm in touch with, swears that it is..Sounds like someone goof in the designing of the newer Burbs.
I'm still watching...
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Old 12-24-2002, 11:43 AM   #39
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Nik,

Nice looking rig!

I'm surprised you had to keep the R's up for grunt power on your '97 with the 5.4l and a 3.73. In fact the magazine articles that I have seen show a flater curve for torque and one that comes on quickly, like 2000 to 2200 rpm. My current van struggles, however I am pulling near or at the max load.

And I would stick with a van (sans the 4X4 and diesel) however my family situation has changed and we need a SUV. So the venture to the Navigator. I have been considering 4X4 or 4X2 cause there are so many 4X4's out there. However, I have no need for a 4X4 and the tow rating for a 4X2 is 8900 #'s (vs 8100 #'s for a 4X4) for units built prior to 2003 model.

John,

As for the preponderance of 1/2 tons, why would that be much of a surprise. Half ton towing can be had up to 7500 #'s properly equipped. It's a less expensive rig. And the majority of trailers are smaller. Bambis, Globe Trotters, Tradewinds, and even my Overlander fits in to that catagory. Might be a nice topic for a new poll!

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One problem (kinda major) is that it overheats in the mountains. Have you had any similar problems?
We had the same overheating problem when we were towing with our Jeep. We haven't had a problem with the Yukon though...one thing we learned is you shouldn't ever tow in overdrive, especially at altitude. All you guys probably already knew that though...

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Overdrive

To echo Shari,

It's possible to tow in overdrive with newer units. However, the RPMs are lower and air flow and coolant flow are greatly reduced. Not to mention oil flow in the engine and transmission. So when one travels in the mountains with a full load and the A/C on you might want to drop the tranny back into 3rd to give the truck a break.

Have a happy holiday!

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ATS intercooler, Banks quick spool spool turbo housing, 3" downpipe, Banks 4" exhaust, BD low-stall converter, BD Pressureloc, Hypermax chip and a K&N filter. The wife wouldn't let me have a Mustang so I did the best I could with my truck.

It will "smoke the tires" and get "sideways"!!

That is when I am not pulling my Minuet or Overlander of course.

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